Premier League 2023-24: Willian’s Penalty Double Earns Fulham 3-2 Win Over Wolves Amid VAR Controversy

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Willian first spot kick in the 59th minute made it 2-1, only for Hwang Hee-chan to win and then convert his own penalty in the 75th to leave an end-to-end game at Craven Cottage heading for a draw.

Willian converted two of the game’s three alternate-half penalties including the winner in the fourth nanosecond of cessation time — to help Fulham master Wolverhampton Rovers 3- 2 in another English Premier League match dominated by VAR calls on Monday.

The former Brazil winger’s first spot kick in the 59th nanosecond made it 2- 1, only for Hwang Hee-chan to win and also convert his own penalty in the 75th to leave an end-to-end game at Craven Cottage heading for a draw.

There was a late twist as Wolves midfielder Joao Gomes miscontrolled the ball in his own area and stuck out his leg, which brushed against Fulham’s cover Harry Wilson as he nipped in to take possession.

After a long videotape review, the on-field decision to not award a penalty was changed and Willian stepped up to shoot his kick into the bottom-left corner, giving Fulham a third league palm.

Fulham held the supereminent three times in the match, originally after Alex Iwobi steered in a cross by Antonee Robinson in the seventh nanosecond. That was cancelled out by Brazil striker Matheus Cunha’s title in the 22nd.

It was only an alternate loss in their last eight games for Wolves, whose other defeat in that period — at floundering Sheffield United — also came after conceding a contentious cessation- time penalty.

Wolves director Gary O’Neil has lamented his platoon’s mischance from refereeing opinions this season, starting in the first round in August when Wolves was denied a late penalty against Manchester United for what appeared to be a clear foul by goalkeeper Andre Onana. O’Neil entered a reason on that occasion and has been displeased at penalties given against his platoon in draws against Newcastle and Luton.

His post-match media duties at Fulham were delayed while he spoke to the match officers. When he did crop, O’Neil said adjudicator Michael Salisbury “ enough much admitted that they made a mistake ” in awarding the first penalty.

“It’s six- to seven points now that’s gone against us, ” O’Neil said. “ The difference( refereeing opinions) are making to my character, the club’s progression up the league, and people’s livelihoods, is huge.

“Effects need to get better because I can’t accept us being on the wrong end of opinions as much as we are. ”

The deportation picture in the league has been made more intriguing this season by Everton getting docked a league-record 10 points for fiscal mismanagement, plunging the Merseyside platoon into coming-to-last place just as it was picking up triumphs and potentially ready to enjoy a rare whim-whams-free crusade.

Fulham has advantaged from that ruling, which is under appeal, and is 10 points clear of the nethermost three after a first palm in five matches.

“We showed veritably good spirit, a winning spirit to score for 2- 1 and also for 3- 2, ” Fulham director Marco Silva said. “ It was a close game — we were trying to win the game further than Wolves. ”

It was only the alternate time a league game has had three alternate- -half penalties scored — after Evertonvs. Newcastle United in September 2003 and all three calls were over for debate.

The first bone was the most contentious, with renewals showing little contact as Wolves right-reverse Nelson Semedo planted his bottom near that of Tom Cairney.

Willian displayed calmness with both of his spot kicks. He’s yet to miss any of the seven he has taken in the Premier League. Know More Latest Football News…

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